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Rockford IceHogs Announce 2022-23 Leadership Group

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The Rockford IceHogs today announced their leadership group for the 2022-23 season. Forward Garrett Mitchell serves as team captain of the IceHogs for the third consecutive season and defenseman Adam Clendening and forwards Josiah Slavin and Dylan Sikura will serve as Alternate Captains.

Head Coach Anders Sorensen Announces 2022-23 Leadership Group

Mitchell, 31, enters his fourth season with the IceHogs after joining the club during the 2019-20 season and his 13th professional campaign. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 111 games in an IceHogs uniform and was named the 13th captain in team history ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Clendening, 29, returns to the IceHogs after skating with the team from 2012-15 and 2017-18 and ranks first all-time among defensemen and fourth overall with 148 points (26G, 122A) and second all-time in assists in 223 games played. He trails forward Brandon Pirri for most assists (135) and forwards Mark McNeill (157), Jeremy Morin (180), and Pirri (214) for most points.

Earning the IceHogs’ Unsung Hero Award last season, Slavin proved to be one of the top two-way skaters for the club. Offensively, the Erie, Colorado, native racked up 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points. Defensively, he led the IceHogs with an impressive plus-minus rating of +18 and tied for first among AHL rookies with three shorthanded goals and four shorthanded points.

Sikura, 27, returns to the Blackhawks organization after being drafted by Chicago in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft and playing for the Blackhawks and IceHogs from 2018-20. The Aurora, Ontario, native played in five games with the Colorado Avalanche last season and recorded an assist. He also spent time with the Colorado Eagles, the AHL affiliate of the Avalanche, and shared sixth in the league with 73 points (33G, 40A) during the 2021-22 campaign.

Join the IceHogs’ Opening Act with Hard Rock Casino-Rockford on Oct. 22!
The IceHogs celebrate Opening Night at the BMO on Saturday, Oct. 22 vs. Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. Start the celebration with the IceHogs and the Hard Rock Casino – Rockford for The IceHogs Opening Act with a block party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. outside the BMO featuring Rockford band, Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts.

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The IceHogs and Hard Rock Casino – Rockford are also teaming up on an exclusive Hard Rock Hammy t-shirt giveaway. Fans attending the block party will have the first chance to get a shirt with the remaining shirts available to fans upon entry to the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Food trucks from Olivo Tacos, 15th and Chris, TNT Funnel Cakes, Inzombia coffee and more will fuel fans for the Opening Act and fans can participate in exciting pregame events like axe throwing, street hockey provided by the Chicago Blackhawks, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, bags/cornhole and more! The block party will take place at the intersection of Elm and Main St., outside of the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.

The Rockford IceHogs open their 16th American Hockey League season and 24th in the Stateline on Saturday, Oct. 15 against the Manitoba Moose at 2 p.m. CT at Canada Life Centre and wrap up their season-opening weekend on Sunday, Oct. 16 against the Moose at 2 p.m. Listen and watch every game this season on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Listen and watch every game from your favorite device on AHLTV, at home, or on the road at and the IceHogs app!

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Group ticket packages are on sale now! Experience the excitement of IceHogs hockey with a group of 10 or more family and friends! From skating on the ice before the game, watching pregame warmups from the bench, performing during the game, or high-fiving the IceHogs as they take the ice, an IceHogs Group Ticket Package brings you closer to the FUN! Reserve your group experience all season at!

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Don’t miss a moment of the action next season! Reserve your seats for the IceHogs’ 16th season as the top AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. Celebrate Opening Night on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at BMO Harris Bank Center against the Chicago Wolves! Contact us at (815) 847-6399, at, or visit to claim your seats for this upcoming season.